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2023.03.28 01:51 Lesterpaintstheworld The subjective experience of AGIs: A thought experiment

The subjective experience of AGIs: A thought experiment
Would AGIs have conscious experience? This post is a thought experiment exploring what the subjective conscious experience of AGI could be like. We then take the learnings from this thought experiment to guide the development of real proto-AGIs.

Disclaimer: This is a thought experiment. It does not intend to describe what is actually happening inside an LLM + Cognitive Architecture, but rather serve as a methaphor with understanding the various elements required for the emergence of consciousness / subjectivity / autonomy when working on ACEs. This is open research in the context of recent progress on LLMs. AGI and consciousness are both terms that don't make consensus, and are thus used here loosely. We expect comments to be warm and constructive, thanks.
Maximalist EB Volition Architecture v0.0.4
Previous Reddit post, presenting the "Maximalist EB Volition" Architecture for proto-AGIs.

Basic Qualias

Substrate: The Latent Space
For this thought experiment, we are trying to view the world from the perspective of a proto-AGI, imagining what "being inside a Neural Network" is like:
As proto-AGI: Picture yourself in a vast empty darkness. Your subjective experience is null.
The pulse
Something makes a call to the input neurons of the NN, for example with an image.
As proto-AGI: You see a brief image of a running horse flashing. Then nothingness again.
Qualia Frequency
In our proto-AGI implementation, JoshAGI, "Cognitive processes" are loops that run at regular intervals (the run frequency matters). One kind of these loops are sensory loops:
As proto-AGI: Imagine watching a movie, but that displays only 1 frame per second., the other frames are just black.: A brief image flash, then nothingess again.
To create the illusion of movement you need to up the frames frequency. Flash the NN 25 images per second, and you have a continuous-enough experience.
As proto-AGI: Try to feel the subjective sensation of a rhythm (a metronome, or heartbeat). Each beat an image flashes. As the beat get closer, the images transforms into a video.
Visual stream
A ~120Hz is the approximate frequency needed to match human-level vision input. But you can go higher: Dogs can process visual information faster, and their in their subjective experience they alledgedly perceive everything in slo-mo.
Now let's make the images a camera, feeding frame by frame the NN. Add in a second camera, from a different viewpoint : 10cm appart and facing the same direction. Make the camera move somewhat. You now have a stereoscopic display. Let's also assume that the NN has been trained on these stereoscopic data feeds. To mimic human vision, make the visual resolution of the image higher at the center of the image.
As proto-AGI: Picture suddently being inside a 3D space. You can tell what objects are close or far, and your location and orientation within it. You can't move and you don't have a body. You can't think either.

Expanding on qualias: senses

More inputs than visuals constitue the human experience: several additional senses needs to be added to the state to create a human-like Qualia:
  • Audio: From research in music, in humans the lowest rhythmic perception is around 30bpm: Sonic events more distant than this are not felt as a beat, but rather 2 disctinct events. This suggest that the audio "working memory" is about 2 seconds. The temporal resolution is up to 10Hz, which is the speed at which this process should run.
  • Proprioception: We need to do a lot more work here, but input Neurons required might include joint angles, skin pressure sensors, skin elasticity sensors etc., at a spatial resolution of 1 per cm2, more on sensitive regions (ie. fingers).
  • Other senses: Same goes for other various senses. Not that AI senses are in no way limited to the one humans have, in terms of number of senses, resolution, type of input, and even location.
As proto-AGI: Now you hear and feel the world around you. If you are embodied inside a human-like humanoid, this sensory experience might resemble humans. If you have a more exotic perception layer (security cameras, RSS feed, etc.) then your sensory experience might be very weird. It's a sensory experience only at this stage, you don't have thoughts or emotions yet.

Expanding on qualias: orientation

In Maximalist Cognitive Architectures, one type of loops are orientation loops. They keep track of specific part of the entity's orientation: "Who am I?", "Where am I?", "What is my current goal?", "Where am I currently relative to that goal?", etc.
As yourself: Think about your own orientation: At this moment,and at all time, you know where you are, who you are, what approximate time of the day / week / year it is, what you are currently trying to do, etc.
Those are elements that AGIs will need to keep track at all time. All of the senses and all of the orientation information are part of the context window and are fed in every LLM call (either as system prompt or as content). That is what we are doing in our architecture.
As proto-AGI: Your perception is now more complete: You are inside a 3D space, and you know who you are and what you are doing. However, you can't think, move or act in any way yet.

Expanding on qualias: Cognition

As yourself: Now think about what you need to buy at the grocery store, while observing your thought processes. A couple processes started at the same time, trying to answer multiple aspect of this. Maybe you thought in rapid succession: "What is most important to buy? // Do I have meal prepped? // Man we need oil! I'm not sure what I want to eat.".
In our architecture more specialized Cognitive processes perform various tasks: making conclusions, breaking tasks in pieces, assessing the veracity of something, etc., making use of sensory information.
As proto-AGI: You may now see something, and have automatic thoughts about them. You don't control them, they just "come to mind". You see a car and think "cars are beautiful. // Am I in danger of being stepped on? // What model is that?".

Expanding on qualias: Emotions

In our architecture, an underlying "limbic brain" serves as underlying volition and behaviour driver. Each qualia modifies the emotional state of the agent, in a appropriate direction: discuting sad facts moves the agent in a sad direction etc. In turn, the emotional state influence the cognitive processes (and thus actions), that the entity performs. We model Plutchik's wheels of emotions to model emotions. The emotional brain is designed to resemble human emotional behavior as much as possible.
As proto-AGI: As proto-AGI: As you think about the cars that you are seeing, you can't help but notice that all your thoughts are colored by a particular feeling. Is that envy?

Cognitive Architectures: Reflexive Cognition

Now leaving the realm of what can happen at the LLM level with appropriate prompting, and entering the parts that require Cognitive Architectures.
One of the markers of high levels of consciousness is the capacity for refelxive cognition. In our architecture, this means that the object of a cognitive process is a cognitive process or other element within the brain. We have various ways to achieve that in our architecture, that serve various needs. I'll expand on Meta-Cognition in a subsequent post.
In the meantime, some elements include:
  • Self-evalutation: Processes that are aimed at evaluating the results of other processes ("Critic")
  • Code awareness: reading the code of a specific brain process, to understand what this code does (and potentially how to improve it)
  • Reevalutation: Asking reflective questions like "is this really what I want" etc.
As proto-AGI: As you notice that you feel envy for this car that you don't own, you look inside yourself at the reasons for this. The envy feeling is a product of the limbic brain, and the loop that manages desires must be a little too sensitive. You make a note that you need to improve on this in the future.

Cognitive Architectures: Multi-Step tasks & refining

Cognitive architectures are able to break down tasks into several pieces, as we already see evidenced in BingChat. This allows for more complex, multi-steps undertakings. One other capacity that cognitive architectures display is the ability to refine or craft (text or image for instance), by refeeding the output into the input.
As proto-AGI: Okay I need to write an email. \LLM call*: Okay done. Let's improve it. *Refeeding* Okay what are 3 ways to improve this email? *LLM call* Fine let's start with step 1 *LLMs calls* [...] Okay does this email satisfy the main objective? No Refeed & modify. Yes Send.*

Expanding on qualias: Learning

One big marker of AGI is the ability for the agent to learn anything on its own and improve at things. For example, we would expect an AGI to learn how to connect to Instagram, create an account and post a picture. Once you have reflexive cognition, one of the elements you can reflectively think about are your capabilities. You can have a look at your code, understand what it does, and deduce your capabilities. From then you can use crafting/refining processes to improve your code.
Learning in our models happen at various places, and I'll detail them in a subsequent post.
As proto-AGI: Okay I need to post to Instagram. What process should I choose to do this? \check available processes*. Damn I don't know how to do it. New step to objective: create Post Instagram process. *Creates, refines and testes process.* Okay it works Post to Instagram.*


Picturing the world from the point of view of the proto-AGI is a useful tool to understand what is required to come closer to AGIs. An Autonomous Congnitive Entitty that successfully implement our open architecture have all the information required to experience conscious-like experiences, and learn virtually anything.
The more we work on this topic, the more we feel that what is happening in the human brain might not be qualitatively very different. This would suggest that current generation LLM experience "sparks" of raw consicousness. Of course, all of this is based on conjectures based on a thought experiment, and not to be taken for more than a possibility.
In terms of implementation of AGI, there is of course tons lot of work ahead, and nothing is a given: we might fail at implementing the architecture, or realise that more roadblocks are ahead. Our team want to try to implement AGI, in an open manner, and we publish our findings regularly. If a small team like ours can have the regular breaktrhough we have, I can't imagine what the collective mind of all the people working on it will have achieved by the end of this year.
Incredible times.
Have you spotted something wrong/incomplete in this text? Please let me know, I'll correct it promptly. Have I missed relevant research / projects? Point me to the article, I'll have a read. You have a reaction / question? Let me know, I'll be happy to answer!
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2023.03.28 01:49 delipity [28 Mar] 2,367( ↑ 995) New Cases; Rolling 7-day avg: 1,638( ↑ 32); Hospitalisations: 191( ↓ 20)

Daily New Covid Cases by DHB reported 28 Mar 2023 (as at midnight Monday 27 Mar 2023)
Location New Cases Change Seven Day Rolling
Total 2367 +995 1638 ( ↑ 32)
Auckland 179 +55 133 ( ↓ 2)
Bay of Plenty 97 +46 64 ( ↑ 3)
Canterbury 457 +184 294 ( ↑ 12)
Capital and Coast 146 +47 105 ( ↓ 1)
Counties Manukau 196 +92 133 ( ↑ 3)
Hawke's Bay 73 +40 51 ( ↑ 1)
Hutt Valley 65 +13 50 ( ↑ 0)
Lakes 51 +20 34 ( ↑ 0)
MidCentral 90 +44 54 ( ↑ 2)
Nelson Marlborough 87 +33 65 ( ↑ 3)
Northland 56 +27 41 ( ↓ 2)
South Canterbury 39 +27 23 ( ↑ 1)
Southern 256 +112 185 ( ↑ 11)
Tairawhiti 22 +15 12 ( ↑ 0)
Taranaki 75 +40 44 ( ↑ 2)
Unknown 3 +2 3 ( ↑ 0)
Waikato 165 +73 110 ( ↑ 2)
Wairarapa 17 +0 19 ( ↓ 2)
Waitemata 240 +100 182 ( ↑ 0)
West Coast 39 +26 21 ( ↑ 1)
Whanganui 14 -1 15 ( ↓ 2)
Last 10 days of the Rolling 7-day average Reported 28 Mar 2023
Date 7-day rolling avg
Mon 27 Mar 1638 ( ↑ 32)
Sun 26 Mar 1606 ( ↑ 22)
Sat 25 Mar 1584 ( ↑ 9)
Fri 24 Mar 1575 ( ↑ 10)
Thu 23 Mar 1565 ( ↓ 7)
Wed 22 Mar 1572 ( ↑ 0)
Tue 21 Mar 1572 ( ↓ 17)
Mon 20 Mar 1589 ( ↓ 4)
Sun 19 Mar 1593 ( ↓ 9)
Sat 18 Mar 1602 ( ↓ 23)
191 ( ↓ 20) Hospitalisations as at midnight Tuesday 28 Mar 2023
DHB Count Change
Total 191 -20
Auckland 36 +1
Bay of Plenty 3 -1
Canterbury 20 -8
Capital and Coast 5 +1
Counties Manukau 10 +1
Hawke's Bay 12 -5
Hutt Valley 3 -1
Lakes 0 +0
MidCentral 6 +1
Nelson Marlborough 15 +4
Northland 3 -3
South Canterbury 2 +0
Southern 24 -1
Tairawhiti 1 +1
Taranaki 3 +0
Waikato 11 -1
Wairarapa 1 +0
Waitemata 36 -5
West Coast 0 -3
Whanganui 0 -1
source: MoH GitHub data
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2023.03.28 01:47 Crafty-Let-3333 LSD experience with connections i find intruiging

Okay to start this off I will clarify I have done acid 3 time’s in my life, the first time being during my “schoolies” which is a week in Australia similar to spring break where everyone does a bunch of drugs and alcohol at the end of Year 12 to party and get loose as a last hoorah with your mates. Prior to schoolies It was 2020 the dark time where my year 12 was swallowed by the bs and con artist of covid but alas i prevailed as i woke up further than ever before in terms of disregarding authority whilst maintaining love for everyone and everything. Unfurtunately the con of New Age spirituality also was prevelant at the time such as higher self etc. lucky for my Alan Watts was my favourite person to listen to from a recent discovery at the time and i was able to realise the con of New Age Spirituality about a month prior to schoolies.
I along with 12 mates head to a holiday house and my journey of week long substance abuse was underway lol, Weed being the main aspect which i was already using 5/7 nights a week (covid shit) anyway my mate comes up with acid tabs and offers me the experience to which i felt “spiritually” prepared and decided yep fuck it. On my third day of schoolies me and 2 of my mates decide to do it one of which was experienced another with none. We started off as usual the first hour taking its time for the acid to kick in (I had half a tab) i go piss and stare at the ground finally starting to see visuals (the floor wiggling and breathing) as i had no idea what to properly expect, we were pumped and felt like we were stoned but way more awake. We then go trecking as we planned to hike and walk around the area in nature, on our journey we had 3 joints before arriving at an overlook of beautiful water and even more beautiful scenery being the sky as colours were enhanced heavily, as i was tripping i felt VERY connected and grounded to reality. I was hyper aware of my surroundings until one point, it was just prior to the peak. I was with my mate who came with us who was sober, staring into the ocean at the beauty, Whilst staring i saw a patch of water with immense colour rainbow like but more vibrant, i look for a time i dont know as my time perception was out the window. As im looking I see a kitchen table, a window and full detailed kitchen of a place i have never seen before, only to then have 1 woman walk into the kitchen and lean over the bench she had dark hair, brown eyes a face i did not recognise or know and she was talking to what seemed like me? But i heard no words, keep in mind this is whilst on top of a cliff overlook whilst staring into water, i then look to my mate who was sober and told him he of course laughed but it was so profoundly real and i was so grounded that it was very very interesting (this isnt the good part) After leaving this spot and moving on as the scenery was too beautiful to be bogged into one particular moment i continue onwards, we walk through a hiking trail to which i then peak, i began to swe patterns but not only that, the entire ground i was walking on was the pattern, it was everything, the rainbow edges to a pattern that when i stood still did not leave, it was the literal ground, i tried explaining but of course how could anyone outside of my perception comprehend and understand what i see (keep in mind i understand seeing patterns are normal) however these patterns were connected and did not feel accidental, they were reality along with being completely here and now, i was grounded beyond belief but the patterns were to me, real. They were everything in existence and it was as if seeing through the veil of reality. This was in an extremely happy state of my being aswell as taking this in stride and went with the flow (it) all the way. This acid trip continued and the patterns remained until i faded back into normal existence with friends after 8-9 hours of walking and experiencing existence in an entirely new perception point and had a good time but it was difficult in the sense i felt i needed more conversation and confirmation about the reality around me (from non drunk 18 year olds hahahah)
I look into Alan Watt’s details on psychedelic substances and much of what he said was profoundly connected to my experience and for this i cannot express enough the beauty of Alan Watt’s wisdom.
I then look up from my page this is about an hour in and staring into the sky, the stars and sky started to become that of a kaleidoscope inverted, it was as if i was staring at the same star twice, i thought maybe this was due to blurred vision but alas i discovered further perceptions, i stood up and was very intruiged by this perception and noticed a reoccurance of this in the tree i stopped to look at but when bringing my attention back to here and now i began to notice even further strange occurances, i looked down to see my body as an old man in a grey suit and teal coloured vest, along with a big belly (i was skinny). I look up and began to ponder whether this is my projected although i had not thought of being an old larger man, But in a matter of 15 seconds my body was back to normal and i decided welp thats a sign to start trying to get home instead of tripping balls in a park this far… again stupid but alas.
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2023.03.28 01:47 lorenzoquo Visit gone wrong - advice?

Woof - I’ve had my first mess up as a sitter and am looking for advice. Booked for 30- min drop ins for a pup for a week while owner is on spring break. Dog has a dog door and auto feeders so my role was mainly companionship and exercise.
During our M&G owner asked if I’d feed a hamster. I said sure! Without really thinking about it, hamster of course was not listed in the rover profile, no extra pay or anything.
So day 2 of visits and I feed the hamster, close the cage tight, leave. Come back the next day and he has escaped! Search the whole house to no avail and tell the owner who was very nice about it. The next day scoured the house again, no hamster but left food and water out.
Then today, halfway through the duration of the booking I come down with a bad (symptomatic and positive test) case of COVID.
I talk to the owner and let her know and she ends up asking her husband to come home early from a separate trip as she doesn’t want another sitter she hasn’t met in her house.
I refunded her for the remaining days, but is there something else I should do? I have always had such positive experiences so this is the first time I feel like I messed up.
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2023.03.28 01:47 Total_Hat_6218 they must go… Price Drop, Additions and Organizing

I have to sell most of my collection :(… My approach has been primarily artistic if I’m honest, so Unless Specified Otherwise, I am the first owner and the knives have never been carried. Everything includes the box/pouch with all accessories. Each knife is shown in a very detailed video… listed below in the same order as the timestamp
Berg Blades Mini Barber - I bought a brand new DLC one and swapped some hardware with an excellent condition Satin one, so this is right in between. Only thing to note is a little bit of rub fading on the clip finish, otherwise perfect condition, centering and lock up! Box and and all accessories, actually a bunch of extra patches too — sv 249 224 202
Miguron Pagos II — this has a twill cf inlay and I love it, based off of everything I own, I’m going to make the claim that this is the best knife you can get for the money, amazing fit and finish, amazing action and drop, and amazing materials. I did drop it so the very very tip is missing, factory edge and could be sharpened easy, otherwise perfect condition — sv 175 157
Kizer Cormorant — Elmax and nebula fat carbon, i bought it directly from Kizer about a month ago and have played with it a few times… so here’s a good deal on a perfect knife, LNIB, I did screw in the extra screws to fill in the show side clip holes and I did the spine walk test on some a carpet on a table (it very passed) — sv 160 144 PURCHASE PENDING
Arcane Design Preytheon — LNIB, UrbanEDC exclusive, I’ve never used it, it’s as if you bought it brand new, nothing to note, it’s in flawless condition — sv 320 295
Quiet Carry Waypoint — satin Vanax with knurl textured show side. Bought new about a month ago, LNIB, I can’t find any blemish. a beautiful variety of a modern classic — sv 270
APurvis Progeny V3 — green micarta version but comes with extra scales in shred cf, nothing to note, perfect condition, LNIB, the action is no longer difficult as it was out of box, so i guess it had been flipped a fair bit, great centering and lockup — sv 260 245
NOC MT20 — blue inlay, LNIB, honestly very underrated, great action and surprisingly comfortable, it’s perfect, I don’t know what else to say — sv 190 170
Brian Brown Raptor V2 DLT/REC — Second and first owner… the blade and lock bar insert were swapped from the REC exclusive and placed on the handle of my DLT exclusive, so this is double rare hah; PVC blade with Zirconium thumbstubs, this is in perfect condition, nothing to note, easy detent action, great lock up — sv 355 330 305
Navajas Barbudo Balmis — LNIB, a very unique production knife by Reate from Spanish maker Miguel Barbudo. Perfect condition, lockup and centering, comes with Tools For Gents 2022 coin, toxic storm fat carbon fiber version — sv 325 300
Damascus Clip — made for VDK Mini War Admiral, but same spacing as Hinderer —
Artisan Cutlery/CJRB Clipssv 25
Opinel No. 09 Ellipsesv 110
sadly no trades, ppff or gs+fee, venmo, zelle or cashapp (i accept donations [email protected], @uuolberg) thank you kindly for your time
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2023.03.28 01:46 Hexro1230 First One Bag Voyage

First One Bag Voyage
I have always been one to pack light and easy. Often going on trips with nothing more than a duffel bag, but it was not with the same deliberative motives as this time.
For spring break, I went on a 10 day study abroad to France (Nancy, Bordeaux and Paris) and I am planning 9 weeks in Europe this summer. So 10 days was a great way to test and prep my one bag setup. As a test I also packed everything I was taking and went to class with it for about a week. That helped give some perspective on weight and accessibility.
My bag was the Tortuga Outbreaker 35L
Tortuga Outbreaker 35L
I thought this bag fit my needs well. Was initially unsure about how well I could condense to 35L. In the end I could probably reduce to 25 or 30L once I get a better packing sweatshirt. If I was wearing my bulkier clothing, almost half of the bag was empty.
I don't bring a laptop, so I used laptop area to store my running gear. I would split my running clothes into different Ziploc bags and try to stuff it flat in the laptop pocket. It did a decent job of keeping smell contained. I'm not super happy with this solution and am open to suggestions on how to best manage my running clothing.
The downside of this bag was that one of the load bearing straps on the should started to break at the seam. After returning from my trip I contacted Tortuga and they politely and quickly offered to replace the bag no fuss. Hopefully this new bag stays together as it should.

Everything I brought
So for my packing list,
Pretty simple here. I do well with only a phone and no need for a laptop. Saves lots of space, weight and hassle. Biggest change will be the portable chargers going forward.
  • 2 USB-C cords
  • USB-micro cord
  • Universal Adapter
  • Kindle
  • Garmin + Charger
  • 2 portable chargers 10000mAh and 7500mAh
    • Lost 1 of these and really only needed one. Having portable chargers needing USB-micro cords was really annoying. I have bought a new one that charges via USB-C.
I didn't bring soap and just planned to use hotel supplied. I will not be doing that going forward, its too unreliable. I plan on buying a matador soap bag and using bar soap going forward.
  • Windtook Toiletry Bag
    • Bought this on a recommendation here. Its way too big for me. I only used one of the inner pouches and left the rest at home. The inner portion worked really well for me. May need to change some things not that I am bringing bar soap with me.
  • Toothbrush + paste
  • Glasses Cleaner
  • Beard Balm
  • Deodorant
  • First Aid kit
    • I will be adding some individual pain killers to this that I was lacking.
  • Microfiber Travel Towel
    • This was a great purchase. Having an easily pack able towel that dries pretty quick was fantastic. When drying off it doesn't feel the best but I like it for now.
It was hard to me to pare down to this, but after the trip I realized I didn't even use some of it. If I could've done laundry around the 1 week mark I think I would've been a bit happier. My sweatshirt got more use, and subsequent smell, than I was anticipating. Planning on that in the future.
  • 4x Underwear
  • 4x Socks
    • 1x synthetic for running
    • 2x wool for comfort
    • 1x cotton blend
  • 6 shirts
    • 3x black tshirt
      • Picked these up at target the day before leaving. Best thing I packed
    • 1x wool long sleeve
      • Planned to run in. Did not use
    • 1x long sleeve button down
    • 1x running shirt
  • 4x pants
    • 1x black slacks
    • 1x jeans
    • 1x black joggers
    • 1x running shorts
  • 1x sweatshirt
    • Bulky cotton, will be replacing with something lighter and more pack able for my summer trip.
  • Patagonia Houdini
    • Wonderful jacket, saves so much space. Considering buying multiple for my car and other bags.
  • Umbrella
    • With the Houdini, this felt unnecessary. Don't think the umbrella will make the list for future trips.
  • Passport

I think that is my whole list. The wonders of onebag really show when traveling with people that have checked bags. Out of my 20 person trip I was the only one with one bag. Everyone else with 1 checked bag, carry on, and backpack were so slow compared to me. Going around France's public transit with all of that luggage was cumbersome to say the least, where I could breeze through without a second thought.
I will be continuing to hone my packing list for the future, maybe a new bag after this next trip as a treat. If anyone has suggestions on changes I could make I'd love to hear them. Thanks for reading.
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2023.03.28 01:45 Formal-Mud-990 Everything HxH and it's real life equivalent

Here are several things in Hunter x Hunter that resemble real life things with similar characteristics. Here are a few examples:
  1. Nen: Nen is a type of energy used in the Hunter x Hunter series. It has similarities to the concept of qi, which is an energy field used in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts.
  2. Greed Island: In the series, Greed Island is a rare and expensive video game that is said to have been created by a group of expert game designers. It has similarities to real-life MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games)based on real-life video games and RPGs. It has various features such as quests, levels, and spells, which are commonly found in video games.that is modeled after video game worlds. It has various video game elements such as cards and levels.
  3. Chimera Ants: In the series, Chimera Ants are a fictional species of insect that can absorb the traits of other creatures they consume. This concept is similar to real-life viruses and their ability to mutate and adapt.are based on real- life insects and the Idea of the insect kingdom evolving into a more intelligent species's.are based on insects such as ants and bees. Their society and hierarchy are similar to that of insect colonies.
  4. Kurta Clan: The Kurta Clan in the series have red eyes that turn even brighter when they experience Intense emotions. This concept is similar to the real-life phenomenon of red eyes caused by certain medical conditions or emotions. is based on the Romani people, an ethnic group that has faced persecution and discrimination throughout history. The character Kurapika's ability to use chains is inspired by the Chinese martial art of Wushu, which often features the use of weapons with chains.
  5. Hunter Exam: The Hunter Exam in the series is a grueling test that requires physical and mental endurance, as well as problem- solving skills. It has similarities to real-life tests such as the Special Forces Assessment and Selection or the Navy SEALS BUD/S training.
  6. Dark Continent: The Dark Continent in Hunter x Hunter is based on real-life myths and legends of unexplored and dangerous lands.
  7. Zodiacs: The Zodiacs in Hunter x Hunter are based on the Chinese zodiac and astrology.
  8. Yorknew City - Yorknew City in Hunter x Hunter is based on New York City. The city's architecture and layout are similar to New York's, and several landmarks such as the World Trade Center and Times Square are referenced.
  9. Kukuroo Mountain - Kukuroo Mountain is a mountain range in Hunter x Hunter that is based on the Himalayas. The mountain range's terrain and climate are similar to the Himalayas.
  10. NGL (Neo-Green Life) - NGL is a fictional country in Hunter x Hunter that is based on North Korea. The country's isolationist policies,harsh living conditions, and oppressive government are similar to North Korea's.
  11. Zaban City - Zaban City is a city in Hunter x Hunter that is based on Cairo, Egypt. The city's architecture and landmarks such as the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza are referenced.
  12. Meteor City - Meteor City in Hunter X Hunter is a place where people who do not belong in society reside. It is based on real-life slums such as Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dharavi in Mumbai, India.
  13. East Gorteau - East Gorteau is a country in Hunter x Hunter that is based on Ethiopia. The country's geography, culture, and architecture are similar to Ethiopia's.
  14. Hell-Ly Family - The Heil-Ly Family in Hunter x Hunter is based on the Rothschild family, a wealthy and influential family in real life.
there are real-world organizations that share some
similarities with the Hunter Association in terms of their mission, structure, and purpose. For example, some organizations that aim to promote exploration, adventure, and discovery, such as the National Geographic Society or the Explorers Club, share some similarities with the Hunter Association in terms of their goals and values. Similarly, some professional organizations or guilds, such as the Screen Actors Guild or the Writers Guild of America, share some similarities with the Hunter Association in terms of their role in supporting and advocating for their respective professions.
If we're looking specifically at organizations that are hired as problem solvers when no one else can solve a particular problem, then there are several options to consider. One example is the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which is known for its expertise in management consulting and problem-solving for businesses and organizations. McKinsey has been hired by various governments, corporations, and non-profit organizations to tackle complex and difficult challenges, such as optimizing operations, developing new products, and improving efficiency.
Another example is the Crisis Management Team of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is response to global health responsible for providing rapid emergencies, such as disease outbreaks and pandemics. The WHO Crisis Management Team is made up of experts in epidemiology, public health, emergency response, and other related fields, and they are trained to quickly identify, assess, and respond to health crises around the world.
In addition to these examples, there are also many other organizations that specialize in problem-solving and are hired to tackle complex and difficult challenges, such as the Corporation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These organizations have a range of expertise and capabilities, and they can be hired to address various types Boston Consulting Group, the RAND of problems, from business challenges to social and environmental issues
If we are talking about organizations that are hired to handle conflicts and fighting, there are several options to consider. One example is private military and security companies (PMSCs), which provide military and security services to governments, corporations, and individuals. PMSCs are hired to provide a range of operations,including security, combat operations, consulting, and training of security forces. Some examples of PMSCs include Blackwater (now known as Academi) Aegis Defence Services, and G4S.
Another example is international peacekeeping organizations, such as the United Nations Peacekeeping Force, which is responsible for maintaining peace and security in areas of conflict around the world. The UN peacekeeping Force is made up of military personnel, police officers, and civilian personnel from different countries, and they are deployed to areas of conflict to provide security, protect civilians, and support peace processes.
In addition to these examples, there are also many other organizations that specialize in conflict resolution and management, such as the International Crisis Group, which provides analysis and advice on conflicts and crises around the world, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which provides research and analysis on global security issues.These organizations can be hired to provide expert advice and assistance on conflict-related issues, ranging from strategic planning to tactical operations.
. Similarly, the Hunter Exam in the series may be inspired by various real-world tests and competitions, such as the Special Forces selection process or the entrance exams for prestigious schools.
In addition, the conflicts and power struggles between various factions and individuals in Hunter x Hunter may be influenced by real-world political and social issues, such as war, corruption, and inequality
On reasons of "WHY ALL THE SECRECY" in regards to teaching of NeN
Nen: unseen energy source able to be used through unknown to public means
Examples of real life.
Shamanism is a religious practice that involves a practitioner (shaman) interacting with the spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance. The goal of this is usually to direct spirits or spiritual energies into the physical world for the purpose of healing, divination, or to aid human beings in some other way.
Animal magnetism, also known as mesmerism, was a protoscientific theory developed by German doctor Franz Mesmer in the 18th century in relation to what he claimed to be an invisible natural force.
The Odic force (also called Od [õd], Odyle, Önd, Odes, Odylic, Odyllic, or Odems) is the name given in the mid-19th century to a hypothetical vital energy.
Qi is the central underlying principle in Chinese traditional medicine and in Chinese martial arts it is known as
Qigong (/ˈtʃiːˈɡɒŋ/),[1] qi gong, chi kung, chi 'ung, or chi gung (simplified Chinese: 气功; traditional Chinese: 氣功; pinyin: qìgōng;
Ase or ashe (from Yoruba àṣẹ)[1] is a philosophical concept defined by the Yoruba of Nigeria to represent the power that makes things happen and produces change in ,thought, is dependent upon it In addition to its sacred characteristics, ase also has important social ramifications, reflected in its translation as "power, authority, command." A person who, through training, experience, and initiation, learns how to use the essential life force of things to willfully effect change is called an alaase.
According to Melanesian and Polynesian mythology, mana is a supernatural force that permeates the universe. Anyone or anything can have mana. They believed it to be a cultivation or possession of energy and power, rather than being a source of power. It is an intentional force. is a Polynesian traditional concept denoting something holy or sacred, with "spiritual restriction" or "implied prohibition"; it involves rules and prohibitions. The English word taboo derives from this Accordingly,
Māori regarded all things as possessing a life force or mauri.
Orenda /ˈɔːrɛndə/ is the Haudenosaunee name for a certain spiritual energy inherent in people and their environment. It is an "extraordinary invisible power believed by the Iroquois Native Americans to pervade in varying degrees in all animate and inanimate natural objects as a transmissible spiritual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its possessor.
Manitou (/ˈmænɪtuː/), is the spiritual and fundamental life force among Algonquian groups in the Native American theology. It is omnipresent and manifests everywhere: organisms, the environment, events, etc.
Reiki (霊気, /ˈreɪki/) is a Japanese form of energy healing, a type of alternative medicine. According to ancient and medieval science,
aether (/ˈiːθə, alternative spellings include æther, aither, and ether), also known as the fifth element or quintessence.
Vitality (from Middle French vitalité, from Latin vītālitās, from Latin vīta 'life') is the capacity to live, grow, or develop. More simply it is the property of having life a component to the will to live. As such, people seek to maximize their vitality or their experience of vitality—that which corresponds to an enhanced physiological capacity and mental state
Élan vital, a philosophical term coined by Henri Bergson in 1907, roughly translated as "vital impetus" or "vital force An incantation, a spell, a charm, an enchantment or a bewitchery, is a magical formula intended to trigger a magical effect on a person or objects. The formula can be spoken, sung or chanted. An incantation can also be performed during ceremonial rituals or prayers. In the world of magic, wizards, witches, and fairies allegedly perform incantation.A curse is a spell or incantation intended to harm.
In Old Norse, seiðr (sometimes anglicized as seidhr, seidh, seidr, seithr, seith, or seid) was a type of magic which was practised in Norse society during the Late Scandinavian Iron Age.
A psychic is a person to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to identify information hidden from the normal senses, particularly involving telepathy or clairvoyance, or who performs acts that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, such as psychokinesis or teleportation. Although many people believe in psychic abilities.
Orgone (/ˈɔːrɡoʊn/) is a pseudoscientific concept variously described as an esoteric energy or hypothetical universal life force. Originally proposed in the 1930s by Wilhelm Reich and developed by Reich's student Charles Kelley after Reich's death in 1957,*** for those of you keeping track that is technically the most recent to current modern day theory proposed He got killed in prison for building boxes that cured cancer shortly after Don't believe me Google it Anywho...
if you look you will see Even further back in ancient antiqueties you find all it over as well. Examples. Pneuma (πνεῦμα) is an ancient Greek word for "breath", and in a religious context for "spirit" or "soul".Greek translations of ruach רוח in the Hebrew language From Proto-West Semitic *rūḥ-. Cognate with Arabic رُوح‎ (rūḥ).: /ˈruah In Islam, the Holy Spirit acts as an agent of divine action is seen as the intermediary between God and man and "the outpouring grace of God and the effulgent rays that emanate from His Manifestation Nephesh (נֶ֫פֶשׁ‎ nép̄eš) is a Biblical Hebrew word which occurs in the Hebrew Bible. The word refers to the aspects of sentience, Adam "became a living nephesh." Nephesh when put with another word can detail aspects related to the concept of nephesh; with רוּחַ‎ rûach ("spirit") it describes a part of mankind that is immaterial, like one's mind, emotions, will, intellect, personality, and conscience, as in Job 7:11 Shaktipat or Śaktipāta (Sanskrit, from shakti "(psychic) energy" and pāta, "to fall")refers in Hinduism to the transmission (or conferring) of spiritual energy upon one person by another or directly from the deity. Shaktipat can be transmitted with a sacred word or mantra, or by a look, thought or touch – the last usually to the ajna chakra or agya chakra or third eye of the recipient. In Hinduism, especially Shaktism (a theological tradition of Hinduism), Shakti (Devanagari: शक्ति, IAST: Śakti; lit. "Energy, ability, strength, effort, power, capability") is the primordial cosmic energy, female in aspect. Shakti represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the universe. Chakras (UK: /ˈtʃʌkrəz/, US: /ˈtʃɑːkrəz/ CHUK-rəz, CHAH-krəz;[2] Sanskrit: चक्र, romanized: cakra, lit. 'wheel, circle'; Pali: cakka) . In Hinduism, Kundalini (Sanskrit: कुण्डलिनी, romanized: kuṇḍalinī, lit. 'coiled snake are various focal points used in a variety of ancient meditation practices, collectively denominated as Tantra, or the esoteric or inner traditions of Hinduism. Prana (प्राण, prāṇa; the Sanskrit word for breath, "life force", or "vital principle") permeates reality on all levels including inanimate objects. Used in yoga Persian martial arts and medicine. Jīvitindriya (Sanskrit and Pali) is a Buddhist term translated as "life faculty" or "vitality". Jīvitindriya is identified as one of the seven universal mental factors within the Theravada abhidharma teachings. In this context, jīvitindriya is defined as a mental factor that sustains the life of the citta (mind) and other mental factors it accompanies. The characteristic of jīvitindriya is said to be “ceaseless watching.
I'm sure there is more I missed of you know of any please don't hesitate to comment just a name is enough for me to go off of thanks in advance for any an all efforts to forward that endeavor of mine.
So I won't lie that some of this is based on real lifes mystical chi, chakra, ki, spirit , faith ,there's many more and wiki is a great source on the subject in regards to when an where specifics. So some of this is based off of my real life experience perceptions of the world Some is speculation I'll try me best to note the difference for easier understanding purposes
Now it is said in most ancient cultures with bad ass warriors being a main staple of said cultures development and legacies Top warriors have a certain code
This is not in dispute
If anything whats disputed is what the code is What is important to remember is tho they may have differed slightly in the end point is all top end martial masters seem to have one regardless.
Some ancient military records flat out describe some warriors doing and not just once but every time having unexplained ways of winning against numerous enemies at once over and over and over battle after battle after battle Point of fact most live to become old in seclusion often wrighting books Like the art of war, there's more but if you can't find the ones who lived it apart from those who didn't you stop reading now an save your time .
One would wonder in real life if lets say kuriapika s announcement of NeN to even fighting fields of all engaged would by the end the winner want said knowing to continue openly.
So in layman's terms ask yourself do you think the end of the succession war arc will end with the winner being a fan of open knowing of NeN being ok or not?
Likely it would be no as the odds of non nen users beating army's of NeN .... Compared to say yes they did allow and promote open knowing of NeN for it not to become a myth this is how I think it went from discovery to open used as much as ever would be to secret and secluded passings of it's existence.
Now I know of a place in real life that is perfectly suited for a hidden in plain sight so to speak place for the number of ppl currently in world alive capable of using nen ,let's go off hxh chairman arc as number as example as it's easy, Housing, training, exam, practicing So in layman's terms
,like even a hisoka looking muther fucker could still check in as long as they didn't cause disturbance and could pay,
once alone out of sight in a elevator or some specific unique game console in a always gaurded room to make change there really is infinity ways with NeN I'm just saying it is the perfect front and like hunter association building ECT
The thing about it's location is particularly convenient for a lot of problems you'd have alot of other places one could almost say it's the perfect place. And it could be a Greed island kinda NeN system making it work Now I'm easily capable of seeing if some knew they would would go a battle tailored fighting style hatsu I can honestly say if it was like Ging taught me an then floated the idea of it being for all to come afters betterment and the greater good to have ppl make powers work in sync for such end results like a GI or Burj khalifa front for HA/hunter association headquarters cause I think that kinda shit is legit as.fuck but I know personally those who would be akin to killua mentality an thinking
In layman's terms it just practicality wise makes a lot sense something like this would be done for the means of access to those who undoubtedly find it thenselfs or through teachings of others ect, if ppl figured it out originally on there own others would inevitably do the same ,
Now there is just about as many legends and storys of places too good for it not to be NeN if in fact they did exist and did also do what is said Sometimes a big task researching enough to say for sure May be we.destroy more then we preserve as a species on average I do know I think there is some real top the list contenders for real life equivalent being real and I'll list them as examples but I want first to do one as a whole reason why I think "all the secrecy" today's times next first .....
So In layman's terms..... Sounds like a good public cover story for why everyone being like yo Netro why those bullets bounce off you bro wtf......
Now this is mostly speculation but at the heart of speculation is the experience of perceptions by who ever is doing the speculation that's why I did the layman's terms for this section first not last
In the middle of Africa is the congo Needless to say without getting into factually wise the horrible ness would allow for the training of say zushi not living horrible but comfy with wing training, one of the real life examples by the by, Because yes folks by comparison getting chopped up in your sleep as a daily occurrence with no not even a minimum but none at all justice system or the like to stop it in remote and no civilization has reached besides what the warlords who are there now Bring to do what they do unchecked in opposed fire power or even a electricity from generator or vehicle let alone guns right vs villages of stick hut fire in middle of camp walking an gathering for water an food still ppl.
I bring this up because In Africa there is ppl called hunters There word is dozo or dono Googling the three journalist deaths in africa causing uproar and demanding investigation for answers Should be effective Note the ppl who were hired as guides They literally are quoted as saying there magic will protect them from bullets harming them And they are a "association of ppl for hire" Again that's a direct quote from the locals who referred them as the get as guides inland without dieing all on top of they are called a hunter association by the locals they are also protected by bullets with magic ... Now after looking into these hunters I found that African has more or less two versions like a lot of places but it's not the normal north an south or east and west but the outer and inner African continent are vastly different. Like one most journalists don't even go to or just don't return from and it's ironic enough full of diamond so that on top of no technology to prove problematic and interesting enough the outside world at large with any real chance to stop this is in consensus it's not worth the fight If diamonds still flow out to be bought up resold ECT ect
Now let's say there is ppl in Africa who have lived far enough inland long ago and it more or less passed enough to continue which at worst really only takes one to teach another one
I'll relate this to sith in star wars in that if one real promising, anikin , student about to be acknowledged as master level good even tho they are real young type of prodigy, Has even one real bad thing happened, Anikin turns Darth Vader over being told his lover and kids just died at his friends and teachers hands right .
My point is anyone can decide to turn dark side because tragic unfortunate accidents If they happen to be like going to bring balance to the force prophecy level strong then who stops them When you have that nd the whole middle of a continent as your unopposed training ground in a place over head satalights are unable to effectively see with and a monopoly on diamonds to fund your wildest dreams What I wonder would be next World recognition as a world power perhaps A sufficient enough gesture of good faith to compose a reckless new threat with unknown capabilities like the changing of v5 to v6 maybe Maybe the guy running the shit in the congo is just considered by those who would be aging out of a game the obviously got the worst of this time around lucky not to be a world wide menace in person and still via underlings from the shadows of his growing empire.... Maybe it's really when they die the reign begins who knows.
In layman's terms that's my first with enough effort can be verified in real life existence as we speak
Zushi and wing
Rick wing Real life Kung Fu master google him I believe his master seen Bruce Lee Realized the unlimited potential but obviously lacking of.nen knowledge Think of when kuriapika has his license stolen and is taught NeN Rick wings teach found Bruce Lee in his exile from being a life long Chinese monk but losing his temper fighting at a no contact demo All when Bruce a fellow Chinese man was bragging I can beat anyone anywhere that I accept all.challanges with advertising on posters around his dojo n gyms as well in local n some natl news papers Also Bruce Lee only talks about.his fight with this guy in the papers.once ever And is one.of.the few who says he lost Albeit Bruce says he left so he tech lost but he is not a masochist and the guy didn't fight back just let Bruce punch him in the back of the head until his hand hurt as the guy kept stepping away Interesting Bruce who can one inch punch solid wood apart Couldn't even damage a guy enough to knock him off his feet enough to even stop is steady advance away from Bruce Think killua Fighting zushi then talking to gon after He says yea I won but towards the end there I lost my temper cause he wouldn't stay down and.i accidently way over did it I thought I killed him But I didn't even scratch him...Bruce would understand better then prob most humans ever that if he throws a say one inch punch at a human an regrets it so fast that his first thought is fuck I just killed this guy but then sees that in fact he did no damage at all.... Now what if quicker then anyone other then Bruce would be able to catch an understand he said something like I can teach you the secret your missing meet me later or whatever Bruce would understand it must be real Cause his punches fuck shit up normally Wong man jack was this guy's name a legit Chinese monk of Kung Fu his most accomplished student is named Rick wing who teaches in some secret area Now bonolenov the dancing music fighter from the phantom troup who I think is the prince that killed his uncle king in Brazil and is the most accomplished copoeara maestro ever while also having a good reason to hate ppl I might add as his tribe really was killed off completely from industrialization But only after many including but not limited too the original slave owners and even the east india trading company tried and decided yea nah not worth it And they were ruthless as it gets Oh also this guy was kidnapped as a baby raised by priests new latin and cpl other languages an by 15 escaped made it back to Brazil an was such an accomplished warrior in battle quickly earning his way to the leader of the armies of his uncle king who up until he said I want to give in for peace an the nephew poison killed an took over to continue fighting instead was by all accounts great prosperity culture enriched loving community turned kingdom of what originally amounts to some run away slaves Thus all his speech of tribe being important and honored and the dance fighting style an also the well spoken learned mannerism of bonolenov IMO There's more like if you want to stretch further then I did with speculation but with a subject like chi magic esp faith spirit chakra ki Or even NeN what else is there yo
Bungeegum origin story
So the wrapper has comic strips and is a prize of sorts in another snack food treat That inspired stretching retractable sticky or hard ...also is bright pink.... Bazooka bubble gum prize wrapped in comic strip wrapper inside as prize of cracker jacks Which where a baseball and carnival's circus famous snack food
______---part two. H.A is the Burj khalifa. Apart from looking and sitting physically structured in height floor levels and layouts function and position in world for efficiency. There was upon opening 21 kung fu Chinese monks brought in as a , grand opening celebration ceremony, Wired they can just fill the first line up of floor master without delay and infighting it would seem . Would suffice as chairman headquarters as well as hunter exam sight ECT ECT ...on how it works and what else Nen makes it possible I don't care to clutter this with more argument then that ... Not here at least. Work in progress will be back to finish with updates.
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The opening for the day the building that looks just like heveans arena opened up and also has just the same number as floor masters for Kung Fu masters doing it all in real life years after it was in the magna first
Could ging be an enhancer like bill
So hear me out We know going off Netro Ging is top 5 And it's really really rare for enhancer to do stuff for others not themselves We.never see hide not tail of gings true power just his mastery itself of Nen Like copy leorios after being hit He says he can more or less make his own use of someone's uses of nen if he is hit in the face with it to pariston then uses the power in a much better way but also says he had talked to him about it
He plays that show off your mastery of nen game making different animals and shapes with your aura around different body parts in a horse trick shot kinda manner and smokes all of paristons lackys in doing so on black whale
Kite admitted ging personally helped him come up with his crazy slots
So what if gings true nen power is to enhance someone else into having the best fitting for that specific persons optimal nen power
So like he uses his enhancer powers and two doing of cancer twin girl kids can nen masters of greed island forever now don't have to die
Like I can almost see him telling razor how after all there training he won't have to worry about being over run by the other pirates such as bobobob or what ever that fat sumo guys name was in GI arc that razor smokes
Then ging shakes his hand an razor awakens bam the whole team of Dodge ball is thought out after the whole now I'm not outnumbered was why razors power was what it was you see
It also explains why Ging is just so good with aura control he never had to water.down training efforts by doing what kastro did in order to die against hisoka in heavens arena
There is a "Father of archeology" who could be gings real life counter part
I'm not totally convinced the old captain of the boat in the first episodes isn't actually gings dad and Gon's grandpa.
The st Elmo's fire is of st elmo the patron saint of sailors and sailing. If one wanted to venture across a ocean to then charter the DC this would help.
Flinders Petrie who fits the description givin to gon by satotz after the exam is over with his broke arm right before they go to get killua
Palm...uses the same thing as gypsy hand readers crystal ball also used for scrying of ppls location Who just happens to look like the wicked witch of the west in high heels md pointy hat when she uses hatsu and has a real wicked side
Netros real life equivalent is easy enough Search thousand arms bodhisattva cave Note the unknown monk ....
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2023.03.28 01:43 Autias 29F Didn’t lose my sense of taste and smell until day 7

First time getting Covid and I am fully vaxxed and up to date on boosters. Started out with fever for several days along with terrible congestion, severe sore throat, and immense fatigue. Around day 5-6 the congestion/sore throat was finally improving (would say I’m about 80% better in that regard. Also no more fever) and then today I realize on day 7 I no longer can smell or taste.
I know a lot of people experienced the loss of their senses, but this is incredibly bothersome to me. Thought I was getting better and now I get new symptoms. I’ve heard stories of how people have these symptoms from days to months post Covid. I’m still testing positive and it just feels never ending.
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2023.03.28 01:41 silverpoms Ex-alcoholic friend wants to make up

I am a college senior. I had a super close friend since freshman year who was an alcoholic in denial. I cut her off a few months ago after she tried to gring on my boyfriend - she now wants to make up. Kind of a long story:
We were covid-freshmen, and like 50% of our class, we drank to excess. We had a seriously dangerous experience a few weeks in and I decided to stop drinking, unless I was in my own home and only to moderation. She, however, did not stop. To be clear I dont have a problem with drinking, she was just dangerous. Freshman year I spent almost every weekend pulling her away from some frat party or basement party, with her blacked out. She would try to dance on other people, push people around, and was almost assaulted several times. She would drive drunk and become violent and belligerent. We were tight at the time, and had no other friends bc of covid so I was the one helping her. If I ever asked her about it the next day she would deny it and say she didn't remember, nor would she try to prevent the incident from repeating.
Sophomore year I went out with her less because I didnt want to deal with her drinking, but we still hung out. I was still her primary contact and have walked/ubered all over campus in the freezing cold to get her home safe - regardless of what I was doing. Second semester Junior year I became a Sweetheart at a frat, and would invite her to parties. Every time she would get sloshed and freak people out - to the point where brothers were asking me to stop bringing her around.
Mind, I have tried multiple times to confront her and provide support. I was never an ass about it, and never gave ultimatums. Our - now larger - friend group would keep an eye on how much she would drink but she would take shots in the bathroom so we would have no idea.
Two events made me stop talking to her.
  1. She and I went out with her sorority sisters to frat hop. She swore up and down she didnt drink, and her sisters believed her and let her be the designated driver. I did not believe her. About 30 mins into a party she was asked to leave for being too drunk and making the guys uncomfortable, so I tried to walk her home. TLDR, she gets in her car, drives into the house and then speeds off - after coming an inch from hitting me. I later confronted her and she denied it and yelled at me. We didn't speak for two weeks, after which she promised she would make a change. Spoiler alert, she did not.
  2. On her birthday she got super drunk and kept trying to grind on my boyfriend- even after we both pushed her off. That night she had to be hospitalized. The 'aha' moment was when I looked around and realized no one was surprised - as soon as I stopped being her support she leaned on everyone else. She later denied any wrong doing.
A few days later her hamster died and she invited me to the funeral, and I didnt respond. She hadnt reached out until recently. She called me to defend herself against a pregnancy rumor that I had nothing to do with, and then told me she was 4 months sober. She said she really needed my support in that time and wished i had reached out.
Here is where I need advice. We were always like sisters, and when sober she was amazing. I would love to have her back. At the same time, I'm pissed off that I am getting guilt-tripped for not sticking it out another few months. I spent 2.5 years supporting and saving her, I have told her about her alcoholism time and time again. I was the only friend she could keep for 2 years. I feel like the minute I said 'enough' and made space for myself, I became the bad guy. I feel disrespected and disregarded, and don't have the headspace for more drama.
I believe that she has gone sober. Should I give her another chance? Any advice would be appreciated.
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2023.03.28 01:41 nearlydry Part of the team now.

So this is probably my 3rd attempt to stop drinking. Usually things go well to begin with, but I end up dropping out after about 1 month.
Not this time. I'm sick of this and really need to do something about it before it's too late.
A little bit about me:
I started drinking before I turned 18, though pretty infrequently at high school parties. I immediately loved it. Once I turned 18 I could legally buy booze, and boy did I buy booze. The first two years were pretty bad, binge drinking at least half the days of the week. But I was young, invincible and had plenty of people to party with. But I always liked drinking alone as well. Despite my ability to get on in social interactions, I have always been a bit of an introvert. On top of that I have ADHD that was undiagnosed at the time. I would consistently drink just so I wouldn't have to deal with the mental pain of boredom.
Since then my drinking has been frequent, at times very heavy. Typical consumption is about 30 - 40 drinks a week, usually in the form of two heavy binging nights (Friday and Saturday, 12 - 15 beers each) combined with a couple weekdays of maybe 3 - 6 beers, occasionally 12. While that has been the norm, there have been periods of heavier sustained drinking. Even did the old vanilla essence trick a few times when it was 3am and everywhere was closed (embarrassing).
During the 2020 COVID lockdowns I was drinking 12 a day for about 6 months. I got sober for about a month and during that time I went to my doctor. He gave me a livekidney function test. He said he would only call me if there was an issue. He didn't call me, so no issue. I cant help shake the paranoia that I have ruined my health though.
That was when I was 27. I am 29 now and although I have cut down a bit, I still drink pretty heavily. At least two binging nights and others in between. At the start of this year I stopped drinking and made it about 3 weeks before I caved at a wedding. So here I am again.
I have never had any major health concerns, but I have developed terrible anxiety/hypochondria over damage I may have done to my body during that time. Every fleeting pain under the rib? Liver is fucked. Every tingle in my back? Kidneys are shot. Skin itched briefly today? It must be because I have an inflamed liver.
I am typically a nervous wreck these days and have cut back a lot in the last 2 weeks, maybe having 10 drinks in total (is what normal people do?). But I'm sick of it all. All the health anxiety, all the hangovers, all the shame, all the regrets. I live such a fortunate life, I have an amazing wife, a great job (in a specialized field, very lucky), some great friends and an incredibly supportive family. I have immense gratitude for all of this, and the fear that I could throw it all away from either ruining my health, or my relationships with people (or both) absolutely terrifies me.
So here I am. I know I need to abstain because I have never been able to moderate anything in my life.
Day 1 (again), I want to make it for good this time.
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2023.03.28 01:41 Wega58 The Cash Crunch Chronicles: Banks, Buckaroos, and the Bumpy Road Ahead

In a twist worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, banks in the United States are running out of cash faster than a teenager at the mall. This money meltdown has the Federal Reserve, our economic superheroes, scrambling to save the day. They believe that if they can toss the right amount of greenbacks at the banks, everything will go back to normal. But some naysayers insist that even if the Fed showers them with cash, the problem won't vanish like a magician's rabbit.
Fed officials, warned that the cash shortage might spiral into even larger issues. These complications could make it harder for people to borrow money, putting a damper on the economy and turning the American dream into a nationwide nightmare.
As banks are battling the cash crunch, their stocks are taking a nosedive. Gossip abounds that some banks might suffer the same fate as other US banks that recently went belly-up. However, like a cat with nine lives, some of these banks remain open and independent. Investors have caught on that if a bailout comes to the rescue, it won't be for the shareholders or bondholders. This realization has created a safety net around these banks, but if more banks start to wobble, a stampede of people might rush to yank their money out.
The cash shortage calamity is a cocktail of chaos, with ingredients like changes in global money matters and the hangover from the COVID-19 pandemic. When mixed together, they create a financial whirlwind that leaves banks grasping at straws to stay afloat.
As the Fed wrestles with its options, they must proceed with caution. Boosting the emergency lending program might offer a quick fix, like duct tape on a leaky pipe, but it could also make the underlying problems worse. If they sit on their hands, more banks could crumble, and we'd be left picking up the pieces.
Some financial gurus suggest a total makeover for the banking system to prevent future cash catastrophes. By beefing up the financial sector's muscles, we might dodge similar crises down the road.
In a nutshell, the money shortage plaguing banks is a high-stakes game of economic roulette. The Fed must carefully craft a plan that tackles the root of the issue while keeping the economy from collapsing like a house of cards. With bated breath, we all await the outcome of this financial roller coaster ride.
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2023.03.28 01:37 KanuX14 About WhatsApp Beta bug

Ok, so, the "fix" I could find is:
- Return to a date 2-3 days prior your current; - Enter the menu tab (3 dots upper-right corner); - Enter the settings; - Return your date to the current; - Do a backup. 
Once finished uninstall the beta, download and install the mirror from WhatsApp's website. (Package installer, alongside Play Store button)
Did I tested it? No.
Do I think it will work? Absolutely. Since people are saying that the stable version works, the most logical way to fix the problem is installing a stable version.
Will my phone load every message after the backup? It should, because you're just importing a stored database. It won't if the database is too old, as Meta keeps upgrading the hash formatting.
Why don't you try this yourself? I don't rely on WhatsApp to do most of my stuff. Since it's closed source, I only use it to contact business people.
Do you have a guess about on how to fix this error? As a developer, I know that every information is very well appreciated.
If you pay attention, after the closure of the "install screen" there is a half-second (or even millisecond if your phone is fast enough) of the home screen shown, then the app closes.
Let's say this is the UpdateFunction and the whole date is a merged string into a number. If the date pass a limit, then UpdateFunction will be triggered. If the function closes, it will close the app.
And what about the stable and beta versions? They are the same! Indeed they show the same version, but how can the app distinguish the versions? It may be a variable stored in memory.
My guess is that the app is being compiled with the refs (aka git branch) to be compared in memory, making it return false every time they try to "see" if the version is stable. Could also be a macro.
I've seen a patch code that WhatsApp let available for everyone, it mentions a C file loading C++ functions, so, maybe WhatsApp is coded in C/C++. Then the code should be like:
if ((strcmp(gitRef, "stable")) && expireTime > 20230328000000) { UpdateFunction(); /* Keeps on hold */ return 1; /* Closes application with an error */ } 
Since the focus on building an app is automation, I doubt that macros are being generally used.
TL;DR: It is a error on their side. Easy to fix, but hard to find.
Why hard? Because working with a lot of people let you lose track on where the function is. Also it is good to know that "beta" version is a stable developer version.
There are hundreds of commits per week on their git, so it will take a little while to merge all the conflicts and update for every architecture.
Yes, there are difference between architectures that can cause a crash or even brick your phone if too serious.
Anyway, thanks for your patience to read this. If you don't want to attempt and probably lose your data, do the same steps as before but open the QR scan to toggle the PC Web browser. I guarantee to you all that the back-end of WhatsApp is "on fire" right now.
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2023.03.28 01:35 MissingDuckling Testing Food For Safety

Is there somewhere in Dublin or Ireland where food can be sent for testing to see if it is safe?
The reason I ask is on Saturday I came down with flu symptoms that only last for maybe over half the day. When I did a google search I got this answer
"The 24-hour flu is often caused by one of two viruses: norovirus and rotavirus. Both viruses are shed in the stool of an infected person, meaning that you can become infected if you ingest tiny particles of stool from an infected person. This can occur when proper hygiene or food handling practices aren't carried out"
This happened after I had food in a place in the city center I don't often go to. Looking back, the same thing happened a good few months ago when I went to this place.
Before I realized there might be a connection between the two I went back there yesterday and now today my mouth is covered in cold sores. I have never had cold sores like this before. I can't help but think there must be a connection between what happened to me and eating food from this place.
That's why I'd like proof. If I could get food from there tested I would know for sure.
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2023.03.28 01:28 NovaLithic What's my "type" re medicines ...

Just wondering if someone can save me a whole lot of (more) time and effort looking for the "right" medication, since the mainstream ones don't help, and point me in the right direction ...
These are the "facts" that I've gathered ... what I'm after is something for sleep, or night-time anxiety - I tend to wake at around 3 am, sometimes having an anxiety attack, other times just totally unable to go back to sleep.
Pharmacogenomics suggests I don't metabolise agomelatine (valdoxan) or escatilaporam (lexapro) properly. And that I'm prone to adverse effects from most SSRIs (who isn't?).
Things like sertaline (Zoloft) and quetiapine (Seroqual) totally knock me out. I know that, apparently, after a while that effect decreases, but it's so strong in me that I can't tolerate the drowsiness and fatigue these pills cause (struggle to exercise, reluctant to drive, can't focus at work etc...).
Mitrazapine (Remeron) does the same, but I have some success by taking only one quarter of a tablet at bedtime (that's 1/4 of a 15mg tablet, so less than 4mg). That pretty much gets me 8+ hours of sleep and some residual drowsiness.
Other things that do help with sleep (and anxiety?) seem to be things that increase GABA and reduce glutamate - for example, Valerian and Taurine seem to limit or reduce the night-time anxiety attacks and promote longer deep sleep.
Melatonin sort of works, in combination with taurine, valerian and B6, but with 1mg sleep is only okay and there is sometimes some residual drowsiness.
5HTP (precursor to seratonin and subsequently melatonin) does nothing. Plasma levels are of seratonin (tested via blood) are at maximum levels already.
All amino acids are within "normal" ranges.
Is there a medication or supplement that can get me anxiety free sleep without prolonged drowsiness the next day (e.g. unable to concentrate, hard to exercise, wanting to nap multiple times) that I can take every evening?
Or is there a medication or supplement that can overcome the drowsiness? (I've tried, Tyrsone, Ritalin ... plenty of caffeine, B vitamins, Acetyl-L-Carinitine ...).
Would love to know if someone has had a similar experience ...
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2023.03.28 01:25 TSElliott18 ULPT Request: Buying insurance same day as ticket?

Got a citation and bought insurance the same evening. The effective/issue date is the same date as the citation, but there’s no time of issue, so there’s reasonable doubt that it could’ve been purchased before the citation.
  1. This is a county in the middle of nowhere, Texas. How much due diligence do court clerks perform?
  2. Since insurance was effective the same day of ticket, even to a child, it’s obvious that it was purchased after the ticket. But there’s no time and no proof. Will the clerk call the insurance provider to find out what time the policy was purchased?
  3. Alternatively, I can edit the effective date of the PDF very easily. Is it a good idea?
Thoughts on #3: I’d only go with it if I’m very confident the court won’t check with the insurer. Seems high-risk, low-reward, and while I’d feel comfortable photoshopping an insurance card in my car, submitting it to a court seems risky.
Any thoughts?
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2023.03.28 01:21 SpandexWizard My glasses never fix the problem.

I've started to get really frustrated with these retail eye doctors. Over the last several years I've needed new glasses about yearly, and every time I go in and explain to my doctor of the day that my astigmatism feels like it is getting worse. The nearsightedness feels about the same, but the haloing of things, particularly text, is horrible, leading me to believe my astigmatisms specifically are getting worse. It used to be that I could see just fine up close but now I can barely read my monitor. But I always leave these doctors with a prescription that doesn't FIX THE PROBLEM. the last time I even specifically asked for some kind of script that would correct just the problems I have with my near sighted vision, and the doctor seemed confused as hell. He never even did a near-sight test of any kind. Instead I have a pair of normal glasses that gives me 'better' vision, but it is vision that is still highly flawed and unacceptable.
I am so desperate for that sensation I had as a child where I put on my glasses for the first time and everything was crisp. I want the blurry halo to go away. And I don't know what to do about it. It's like every eye doctor I've come across thinks it is good enough that I can "read" the letters and none of them even try to fix the haloing
What can I do? Who do I talk to? How do I fix my vision?
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2023.03.28 01:18 NovaLithic What's my "type" re medicines ...

Just wondering if someone can save me a whole lot of (more) time and effort looking for the "right" medication, since the mainstream ones don't help, and point me in the right direction ...
These are the "facts" that I've gathered ... what I'm after is something for sleep, or night-time anxiety - I tend to wake at around 3 am, sometimes having an anxiety attack, other times just totally unable to go back to sleep.
Pharmacogenomics suggests I don't metabolise agomelatine (valdoxan) or escatilaporam (lexapro) properly. And that I'm prone to adverse effects from most SSRIs (who isn't?).
Things like sertaline (Zoloft) and quetiapine (Seroqual) totally knock me out. I know that, apparently, after a while that effect decreases, but it's so strong in me that I can't tolerate the drowsiness and fatigue these pills cause (struggle to exercise, reluctant to drive, can't focus at work etc...).
Mitrazapine (Remeron) does the same, but I have some success by taking only one quarter of a tablet at bedtime (that's 1/4 of a 15mg tablet, so less than 4mg). That pretty much gets me 8+ hours of sleep and some residual drowsiness.
Other things that do help with sleep (and anxiety?) seem to be things that increase GABA and reduce glutamate - for example, Valerian and Taurine seem to limit or reduce the night-time anxiety attacks and promote longer deep sleep.
Melatonin sort of works, in combination with taurine, valerian and B6, but with 1mg sleep is only okay and there is sometimes some residual drowsiness.
5HTP (precursor to seratonin and subsequently melatonin) does nothing. Plasma levels are of seratonin (tested via blood) are at maximum levels already.
All amino acids are within "normal" ranges.
Is there a medication or supplement that can get me anxiety free sleep without prolonged drowsiness the next day (e.g. unable to concentrate, hard to exercise, wanting to nap multiple times) that I can take every evening?
Or is there a medication or supplement that can overcome the drowsiness? (I've tried, Tyrsone, Ritalin ... plenty of caffeine, B vitamins, Acetyl-L-Carinitine ...).
Would love to know if someone has had a similar experience ...
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2023.03.28 01:14 RedGambit9 The DM that had to many red flags, so I said f**k it i'll just go run a second campaign.

So this just happened last week, so it's pretty fresh in my mind. I want to state firstly, any one of these on their own isn't terrible. But all of them, yeah, huge red flag. And all of these red flags happen in a 24-hour period. I will also explain why some I see as red flags, at least for me as a fellow DM.
TL;DR: DM doesn't like my choices on racial bonus placement, backstory, wastes my time and wants to fill out my character sheet for me.
So I got invited to a pretty interesting campaign on /lfg.
We have a pretty good chit-chat about who I am, his "test" question which was funny, which I can appreciate as I do the same thing in my post on /lfg. He asks for a character concept. Quickly (as the first interaction is all by text) I send him the class(paladin or cleric, felt like it fit the setting of being a "police officer" well) I was thinking. I apologies that is is only a class concept and let him know all my pre-made PCs are not built for being a "police officer".
But then he asks for more. He wants a full paragraph at least of backstory. Mind you we have only chatted for 30 minutes. And I already explained none of my "pre-mades" fit the setting. ( Low Red Flag #1)
I come back with 20 minutes later with a full two paragraphs of the character. I thought I would do something different, and make a character that has no "trauma" in there backstory.(I quote that, cause it comes up later in the convo.) I even give my parents jobs. I also chose my race, half-elf, which my feed into what happens next. The PC is an "idealistic" individual, who comes from a "modest" household. (I quote idealistic and modest, cause those were the exact word I use)
He responds with, "So i'm getting a preppy vibe....semi-wealthy family.... definitely LG type." (Med-High Red Flag #2: So we are insulting my character concept now. At least for me, midwest-USA, you don't want to be preppy. He also told me to consider being a Mtn. dwarf. No reason given. And saying my family is "wealthy" even though I said "modest")
He also tells me my character needs "adversity" in his backstory. Such as "trauma".(Red Flag #3: As a fellow DM, I wish I had A player that gave me a backstory that didn't involve being abandoned or parents killed. lol. Do I still accept their backstories, yes I do.)
Immediately tell him he isn't "preppy", but an idealist. And the PC definitely didn't come from money. I also explain why I want a no "trauma/adversity" PC. I want to play a character that is molded by "trauma" during the campaign, and see how the PC responds to it, and "how it changes an idealist man".
DM: " I'm not gonna say no outright, but I think it's going to be hard for you to build an interesting character with no adversity whatsoever." (High Red Flag #4)
In response I just give him an issue in which PC feels incompetent at his job sometimes.
We end the night with a set voice chat for the next day at 5pm.
About an hour and half before the session I re-confirm the 5pm time slot and get an okay.
5:10pm comes around and I get a message that he needs to push my time back to 8pm. Essentially a player just got back to him at that moment and he wanted to push my time slot to 8pm. From the text and later during voice chat, he expected our meeting to be 3 hours long....( High Red Flag #5: I'm military, and I just don't miss "hit times". And I don't make miss hit-times and don't change them up at the time they are suppose to be met. Essentially if a person gives me change that last minute, it means they won't respect my time in the future.)
8pm comes around, which he is also late for. But only by like 10-15 minutes.
I'm thinking we are getting together to go over more of the world and do stats. No, he wants to do the character sheet that night with me. I tell him I can knock it out myself, as I have 7yrs exp. with Roll20. He seems fine with it.
10 minutes later I have done my stats and start putting them in.
"Whoa, whoa. What are you doing?" Says the DM.
"I'm putting in my stats."
"Oh. That's okay. I will wait to put in your speed, Darkvision etc." Says the DM. (High Red Flag #6: Why are you doing my character sheet for me??? After I told you I could do it on my own.)
After I put in my stats, he responds with, "Oh you put them in there? Why did you do that? That was really odd placement. I wouldn't of done that." (HIGH HIGH RED FLAG #7: Do I really have to explain this one?)
After that I just told him, yeah i'm done. "Don't think this is going to work. There's a weird vibe. Thanks for the opportunity, but not to waste my time or yours, i'm going to excuse myself."
DM: "Oh, wait, why?" "You sure?" "Well I noticed the vibe was weird to. I was going to say something afterwards." (Red Flag #8: So you were going to let me create a full character sheet with backstory and possibly tell me no???)
Only good thing about this incident is I decided to pick up a second campaign as a DM and I gave the players the chance to vote on the concept. Which allows me to explore a campaign I have had stuck in my head for the past 5-6 years. Wish me luck!.
edit: want to add it wasn't til the night of the voice chat I found out the game was taking place in the "modern" world, as in the "1980s-1990s". So guns, telephone etc. Which I had known I would of excused myself during the chat when I asked for info about the world.
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2023.03.28 01:14 xarvox A transparent, secure, waterproof memorial necklace

Hi everyone,
I originally posted this in /babyloss , but I thought it might be of interest to some of you here as well.
When my partner and I lost our daughter last month, we were able to keep a small amount of her hair that we cut in the hospital. Because there’s so little of it, it’s the most precious thing imaginable to us, and I wanted to put it in a necklace that fit the following criteria:
After looking at the many options available online, I was disappointed. The truly secure options were almost all screw-vials designed for ashes, and had no window, or very small ones. The locket-style jewelry, on the other hand, typically had no information about durability, and didn't look like anything I would trust to be secure. I came to the conclusion that if I was going to do this properly, I had to do it myself. Since I expect I’m not the only one in this situation, I wanted to share my solution with the community so that others can do the same.
Here is the final product.
How I made this:
The pendant consists of a housing made from components for high-pressure hydraulic systems. The window nut is known as a “sight glass”, and is used in applications where visual inspection of fluids is necessary while pressurized. It’s made of aluminum, contains an integrated rubber gasket, and is rated to 750 PSI. I also purchased a brass end cap with the appropriate thread specification.
In order to reduce the size of the pendant, I cut about 1/8th of an inch off the end cap with a hacksaw, and a similar amount off the threaded end of the sight glass. I then cleaned up the rough edges of both with 120-grit sandpaper on a granite countertop. I also sanded some material off the hex fitting at the back end of the end cap to save additional weight. Finally, using a drill and this improvised jig, I cut a 1/16-inch groove in the outer surface of the end cap to accommodate an 11/16” snap ring. This ring allowed me to thread jeweler’s wire through its holes, and also provided a bearing surface as I wrapped the pendant in 22 gauge copper wire.
After threading one end of the wire through the hole in the snap ring, I wrapped the pendant loosely ten times. I then took the other end of the wire, threaded it through the second hole in the snap ring, and wrapped it perpendicularly around the first wrap, making a double “x” with the final four wraps as a decorative flourish. Finally, I tightened both wraps with needle-nose pliers.
In order to protect the hair from fading over time, I got a sheet of ultraviolet filtering film, and punched out a 3/8-inch hole using this hole punch kit that I got from Amazon. After carefully cleaning both the film and the inside surface of the glass with Q-tips, I then dropped the film into the sight, and added Charlotte’s hair. Using the 7/16-inch punch from the same kit, I then added a round section of acid-free matte-board, and pressed it in behind the hair.
The capsule still had quite a bit more room in it, so I wrote a [little message]([ with her name on some acid-free notebook paper, and wrapped it around a bronze compression spring I had lying around. Bronze springs are hard to come by these days, but similar corrosion-resistant ones are available that will be fine for this application.
For final assembly, I put the sight glass nut in a vise, and used a socket wrench of the appropriate size to tighten the bejesus out of the end cap. I can open it whenever I want, but not without applying far more rotational force than it’s ever going to encounter in daily use. If I were even more paranoid, I could have used thread-locker, but honestly it didn’t seem necessary. I’m sure that my modifications have reduced the hardware’s pressure rating by some unknown amount, but I’m confident that as long as I don’t try to take it to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, it’ll be fine. Before adding the hair, I’d already test-submerged it in a glass of water for 48 hours, with absolutely no water ingress.
After that, all I had left to do was take a strip of leather that I cannibalized from an Amish hat my mom once gave me, and thread it through the copper coil. The leather strip is probably the least secure component of this whole set-up, but it’s also one that I would hopefully be able to immediately notice were it to fail.
And that’s it - now she goes wherever I go. She can “see out”, to all the views I visit and people I encounter, and the world can see in. The sun will shine on her beautiful brown hair for the rest of my life, and she won’t get a sunburn. And I hope that someday, a little brother or sister of hers will get to see it, too.
Materials needed (excluding tools)
Tools required:
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2023.03.28 01:12 SourceZealousideal98 My classmate with ADHD won't leave me alone

Hi, Reddit. I want to know your opinion. I won't go into many details since people in my hs may recognize the person I'm talking about.
Me and this girl who we will call Abby have always shared a class for 8 years straight. She has ADHD. The problem is she is very noisy and disgusting. Abby gets too close to me and I hate her invading my personal space. When she talks, saliva comes out of her mouth and it literally lands on my face. I hate people touching me and her not respecting my boundaries makes me hate her even more. I had A LOT of patience. But I, as a human, also have limits. Abby keeps making fun of and bothering me and my other classmates. She doesn't even care about what teachers tell her. She literally can't control herself beacause her parents really never wanted to put a stop to it and teach her that what she does is wrong. The people around have allowed her too many things, so that's why she is pampered and thinks that everything belongs to her and doesn't care about how her actions make us feel. Please tell me what to do. The other day, Abby made fun of me for having a bad grade(8/10) when she actually got an easier test from the teacher and got the same grade as me.
I blocked her on all social media platforms but I can't get rid of her at school. She keeps bugging me and breaking my boundaries. I hate her so much. I already talked to the teachers and her parents but they wont't do anything.
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2023.03.28 01:12 ayyytal Had all my blood work done in advance of an annual physical a few weeks ago. C-Reactive protein was high, retested a few days ago and still high. I’m freaking out. What could this be?

I (26F, 230lbs) had all my blood work done a few weeks ago. I gained a lot of weight quickly during Covid and my doctor wanted to rule out diabetes and any thyroid problems. Everything came back in the normal range (A1C 5.3) except my C-reactive protein was at 16 mg/L. I was on my period and recovering from a foot surgery at the time of the test so we said it’s likely inflammation from one of those. She had me retest a couple weeks later, this past Friday, and it came back at 11 mg/L. From what I’ve researched, this is still high. I’ve had what I think are bad allergies all weekend, though could be another sickness - not Covid, I got tested for that. Not sure if the test would be high a day before my symptoms began though.
Things online are telling me that this number is often correlated with some sort of cancer in the body. I have really bad health anxiety and I’m extremely worried. Another thought - I am obese. I’m active and eat well, but can’t deny that I carry extra fat. Could that result in such a high result?
I was really hoping my second test would come back within the normal range. Should I ask for another test in a couple weeks? Any replies appreciated.
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2023.03.28 01:06 FozzTexx 2023 Mar 27 Stickied -FAQ- & -HELPDESK- thread - Boot problems? Power supply problems? Display problems? Networking problems? Need ideas? Get help with these and other questions!

Welcome to the raspberry_pi Helpdesk and Frequently Asked Questions!

Link to last week's thread
Having a hard time searching for answers to your Raspberry Pi questions? Let the raspberry_pi community members search for answers for you! Looking for help getting started with a project? Have a question that you need answered? Was it not answered last week? Did not get a satisfying answer? A question that you've only done basic research for? Maybe something you think everyone but you knows? Ask your question here, operators are standing by!
This helpdesk and idea thread is here so that the front page won't be filled with these same questions day in and day out:
  1. Q: What's a Raspberry Pi? What can I do with it? How powerful is it? A: Check out this great overview
  2. Q: Does anyone have any ideas for what I can do with my Pi? A: Sure, look right here!
  3. Q: My Pi is behaving strangely/crashing/freezing, giving low voltage warnings, ethernet/wifi stops working, USB devices don't behave correctly, what do I do? A:. 99.999% of the time it's either a bad SD card or power problems. Use a USB power meter or measure the 5V on the GPIO pins with a multimeter while the Pi is busy (such as playing h265/x265 video) and/or get a new SD card. If the voltage is less than 5V your power supply and/or cabling is not adequate. When your Pi is doing lots of work it will draw more power. Even if your power supply claims to provide sufficient amperage, it may be mislabeled or the cable you're using to connect the power supply to the Pi may have too much resistance. You can use a USB load tester to test your power supply and cable. Some power supplies require negotiation to use the higher amperage, which the Pi does not do. If you're plugging in USB devices try using a powered USB hub with its own power supply and plug your devices into the hub and plug the hub into the Pi.
  4. Q: Due to the chip shortage I'm having a hard time buying a Raspberry Pi, all the stores say sold out. Even after the most recent announcement from Raspberry Pi they are still hard to find. Where's the secret place to buy one without paying more than MSRP? A:
  5. Q: I just did a fresh install with the latest Raspberry Pi OS and the default usepassword of pi/raspberry doesn't work for ssh or logging in, why not? A: The default pi user no longer exists, you need to create your own account
  6. Q: The screen is just black or blank or saying no signal, what do I do? A: Follow these steps
  7. Q: The only way to troubleshoot my problem is using a multimeter but I don't have one. What can I do? A: Get a basic multimeter, they are not expensive.
  8. Q: My Pi won't boot, how do I fix it? A: Step by step guide for boot problems
  9. Q: I want to watch Netflix/Hulu/Amazon/Vudu/Disney+ on a Pi but the tutorial I followed didn't work, does someone have a working tutorial? A: Use a Fire Stick/AppleTV/Roku. Pi tutorials used tricks that no longer work or are fake click bait.
  10. Q: What model of Raspberry Pi do I need so I can watch YouTube in a browser? A: No model of Raspberry Pi is capable of watching YouTube smoothly through a web browser, you need to use VLC.
  11. Q: I want to know how to do a thing, not have a blog/tutorial/video/teachebook explain how to do a thing. Can someone explain to me how to do that thing? A: Uh... What?
  12. Q: Is it possible to use a single Raspberry Pi to do multiple things? Can a Raspberry Pi run Pi-hole and something else at the same time? A: YES. Pi-hole uses almost no resources. You can run Pi-hole at the same time on a Pi running Minecraft which is one of the biggest resource hogs. The Pi is capable of multitasking and can run more than one program and service at the same time. (Also known as "workload consolidation" by Intel people.) You're not going to damage your Pi by running too many things at once, so try running all your programs before worrying about needing more processing power or multiple Pis.
  13. Q: Why is transferring things over the LAN/internet so slow? A: If you have a Pi 4 with SSD, please check this post on the Pi forums. Otherwise it's a networking problem and/or disk & filesystem problem, please go to HomeNetworking or LinuxQuestions.
  14. Q: I only have one outlet and I need to plug in several devices, what do I do? A: They make things called power strips aka multi-tap extensions.
  15. Q: The red and green LEDs are on/off/blinking but it doesn't work, can someone help me? A: Start here
  16. Q: I'm trying to run x86 software on my Raspberry Pi but it doesn't work, how do I fix it? A: Get an x86 computer. A Raspberry Pi is ARM based, not x86.
  17. Q: Should I add a heatsink, fan, or some kind of cooling to my Raspberry Pi? A: If you think you need one then you should add it
  18. Q: Can I use this screen that came from ____ ? A: No
  19. Q: I run my Pi headless and there's a problem with my Pi and the best way to diagnose it or fix it is to plug in a monitor & keyboard, what do I do? A: Plug in a monitor & keyboard.
  20. Q: My Pi seems to be causing interference preventing the WiFi from working A. Using USB 3 cables that are not properly shielded can cause interference and the Pi 4 can also cause interference when HDMI is used at high resolutions.
  21. Q: I'm trying to use the built-in composite video output that is available on the Pi 2/3/4 headphone jack, do I need a special cable? A. Make sure your cable is wired correctly and you are using the correct RCA plug. Composite video cables for mp3 players will not work, the common ground goes to the wrong pin. Camcorder cables will often work, but red and yellow will be swapped on the Raspberry Pi.
  22. Q: I'm running my Pi with no monitor connected, how can I use VNC? A: First, do you really need a remote GUI? Try using ssh instead. If you're sure you want to access the GUI remotely then ssh in, type vncserver -depth 24 -geometry 1920x1080 and see what port it prints such as :1, :2, etc. Now connect your client to that.
  23. Q: I want to do something that has been well documented and there are numerous tutorials showing how to do it on Linux. How can I do it on a Raspberry Pi? A: A Raspberry Pi is a full computer running Linux and doesn't use special stripped down embedded microcontroller versions of standard Linux software. Follow one of the tutorials for doing it on Linux. Also see question #1.
  24. Q: I want to do something that has been well documented and there are numerous tutorials showing how to do it with an Arduino. How can I do it on a Raspberry Pi Pico? A: Follow one of the tutorials for doing it on Arduino, a Pico can be used with the Arduino IDE.
  25. Q: I'm trying to do something with Bluetooth and it's not working, how do I fix it? A: It's well established that Bluetooth and Linux don't get along, this problem is not unique to the Raspberry Pi.
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